There is a scene
where Ed Norton and Helena Bonham Carter go to a restaurant, and the waiters
tell Ed that anything he orders will be free. That restaurant was a Clifton's Cafeteria
(as you can see from the name on the door
when they leave ), but it wasn't the well-known Clifton's (Brookdale)
cafeteria, on Broadway. Instead, it was a former Clifton's branch, called
"Clifton's Silver Spoon Cafeteria",
which was located at 515 W. 7th Street,
in downtown Los Angeles (about
a block northwest of the Hotel Bristol).
When they come out of the Clifton's, there's a scene where Ed Norton puts 'Marla' on a bus and tells her to avoid the city for a while. This was shot on 8th Street, near the corner of 8th Street & Broadway, in downtown L.A. In the background behind them, you can see marquee of the old (closed) Olympic Theatre, which is located at 313 W. 8th Street. and (farther in the distance) the Tower theatre, at 802 S. Broadway. When the bus pulls away, it is heading northwest up 8th Street. *
Many of the film's interior sets were shot at the new L.A. Center Studios, located just west of the Harbor Freeway in downtown (the first movie studio to be built in the downtown area since the 1920's).
On the L.A. Center
Studios campus is the old Unocal Building,
at 1201 W. 5th Street,
in downtown Los Angeles.
Back in 1995, when Unocal moved out of the building, developers had planned
to blow up the empty 12-story office building - for real (how's that for
art imitating life?). But they found it to be useful as a filming location,
and a new studio was born. In "Fight Club", they used it
as the police headquarters & offices,
where Ed Norton turns himself in (and where rogue cops try to castrate
* Locations marked with an asterisk may be located in high-crime areas. Exercise reasonable caution.
Some of the photos on this
page are stills from the DVD of "Fight Club"
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